Foundation of the Hellenic World, Athens

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The Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW), which was envisioned, founded and funded by the family of Lazaros Efraimoglou, is a privately funded not-for-profit cultural institution based in Athens. Its foundation was ratified in 1993 by unanimous vote of the Hellenic Parliament.

FHW's mission is the preservation of Hellenic history and tradition, the creation of an awareness of the universal dimension of Hellenism and the promotion of its contribution to cultural evolution. Its aim is the understanding of the past as a point of reference for the formation of the present and future so that contemporary thought may once again be inspired by the Hellenic spirit. The principal objective is the dissemination of Hellenic culture and history in any way possible and through this the aim of the Foundation will be achieved.

FHW's innovative character has already been revealed in its Statutes, one of which prescribes that the materialization of the objectives be based on the possibilities offered by new technologies. As a result, from the very beginning the Foundation's administration put the Internet to use and presented to the Greek and international community the first Greek web sites of historical content. At the same time, it created a pioneering laboratory of three-dimensional reconstructions, the first project of which, presented as a documentary, received the 1st Prize at the Amiens Festival of Archaeological Films. This was only the beginning in a series of new programmes as everybody can see in our website,

In the same time, "Hellenic Cosmos", FHW's Cultural Centre, was inaugurated in 1998. It is located at 254 Pireos Street, on the former industrial axis joining Athens and Piraeus, where memory meets the city's modern identity. Today Hellenic Cosmos occupies an area of 60,000m2.

FHW's productions are designed and implemented almost exclusively by a team of permanent collaborators, who, in their majority, work in a building that houses the administrative services, at the Research and Development Centre in Thissio. The staff consists of archaeologists, historians, translators, editors, architects, museologists, museum educators, computer scientists, graphic designers, multimedia designers and creators of 3D digital reconstructions, many of whom have postgraduate titles or doctorates.

Knowledge, creativity and proper planning have contributed to the completion of programmes, whose content contributes to the achievement of FHW's aims. Analysing the Foundation's activities to date it becomes apparent that the administration builds on top of the initial idea.
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  • We went here after finding information about it on their​ very good website. Nearest station kalithea but Website confusing. Disappointed to find that we could view nothing to do with Greeks...  more »
  • We visited the premises where a very interesting exhibition with replicas of the ancient Egyptian treasures takes place; from wall paintings to mummies, from statues to carriages. Apart from the...  more »
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  • Excellent environment, however, the animation we saw in the dome was a little outdated and could be renewed to reflect more realistically the events of that era.
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